PLANO, Texas (AP) -- In a state where everything seems bigger, a Baptist church is staging a Christmas pageant that is pure Texas-sized.
The cast and crew totals 1,000-plus and sometimes 500 people are on stage at once -- not to mention a donkey, several sheep and three camels.
Prestonwood Baptist Church can seat 7,000 and the stage, triple the size of the one in New York's Radio City Music Hall, measures 15,000 square feet.
There's strong competition to play the five angels with shimmering, translucent wings that ''fly'' along metal tracks on the ceiling and hover above the manger. Winning performers are chosen on the basis of seniority and past effort.
Last year, 45,000 people bought tickets, priced from $12 to $22, for the 150-minute spectacle, and 65,000 are expected this season.
''I don't even think about Christmas until this is over,'' said choir member JoAnn Rice.
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